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How much bigger does the backing have to be from the quilt top?

How much bigger does the backing have to be from the quilt top?

Old 09-21-2010, 03:55 PM
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I am almost ready to quilt the top I made for my Grammy but the backing is only a few inches bigger than the top on all sides, if I pin it well around the edges will that work or should I sew some more material to it? Thanks! (BTW, if someone would adopt me already I coulda saved some folks from reading this, hint hint Lol)
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:58 PM
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I try to give myself at least 2 to 4" all the way around. If I'm sending to the longarmer, I try for a little more to make it easier for her to put it on the frame.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:15 PM
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If your not using or sending it to a longarmer & your quilt top is nice & squared, I don't think you need more than an inch or 2 extra for the backing. I pin the sandwich together with saefty pins & then turn over the backing extended edge to the front & pin until I finish machine quilting to the outer edges. This keeps the batting from getting beat up during all the twisting & turning during quilting.


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I am almost ready to quilt the top I made for my Grammy but the backing is only a few inches bigger than the top on all sides, if I pin it well around the edges will that work or should I sew some more material to it? Thanks! (BTW, if someone would adopt me already I coulda saved some folks from reading this, hint hint Lol)
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:20 PM
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I like at least 2 inches all the way around.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:23 PM
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At least 2" on each side.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:26 PM
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KellyK, I'm glad you asked that question. That is very helpful to me, too.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:26 PM
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If you're sending it out for quilting, you should allow at 6 inches.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:43 PM
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I try to give myself at least 2 inches or more. I just got through spray basting a quilt. I found minky at the thrift store for a couple dollars that is a perfect match. It just sticks out past the quilt top barely a half inch. I sprayed it extra and will also pin it before I quilt it. Talk about cutting in close. LOL!!
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:46 PM
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I'm am with everyone else, 2" should be plenty. I don't like a lot of extra fabric. I hand quilt. I also hand baste then go around the outside edges, especially on large quilts.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by KayT
I'm am with everyone else, 2" should be plenty. I don't like a lot of extra fabric. I hand quilt. I also hand baste then go around the outside edges, especially on large quilts.
Same here :lol:
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